Community ‘in shock’ over stabbing of woman and newborn baby

Denis Erdinch Beytula has faced court

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after a mother and three-week-old baby were stabbed.

On Wednesday emergency services were called to a home in Wallsend, North Tyneside where they found a 21-year-old woman and her infant son injured with stab wounds.

Northumbria Police said the boy remained critically ill and his mother was in a serious but stable condition.

They said 27-year-old Denis Erdinch Beytula had already appeared in court to face the charges, and spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and nationality.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole said the community was “in shock”.

“A mother and her child have been seriously injured but I know the community in Wallsend will rally around them at what is a devastating time for the family,” he said.

“Thankfully the condition of the mother has improved overnight and, although she is still in a serious condition, she is awake and talking in hospital.”

He said it did not appear to be a random attack and there was no wider risk to the public.

“It has also been a very traumatic incident for those officers who responded to this call. Together with paramedics they have saved the woman's life and given the baby a fighting chance in hospital,” he said.

Beytula will be remanded in custody until his next appearance in court on October 31.

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